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31st July, 2015 - 9:12 am
internet emergency

Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

A crossbench life peer of the House of Lords, Baroness Beeban Kidron, has re-proposed a new “cultural framework” (iRights), which among other things moots the seemingly controversial idea of a universal Internet delete button where “every website” that allows people to post content would also offer the ability to remove it.

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31st July, 2015 - 7:40 am
uk green broadband and energy

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has today committed itself to achieving five “ambitious” sustainability goals in the next five years, which covers everything from the energy efficiency of their on-going £3bn “Project Lighting” network expansion to improving the lives of disabled people through digital technology.

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31st July, 2015 - 12:01 am
sky broadband uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

UK ISP Sky Broadband has announced that their unlimited ‘up to’ 17Mbps standard broadband package, which is currently being offered for free for a whole year (£10 per month thereafter), will now also come with the option of a £100 M&S or Tesco e-voucher, pre-paid MasterCard or a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 computer.

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30th July, 2015 - 12:29 pm
vodafone uk mobile broadband

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Vodafone has announced that customers of their 4G (LTE) based mobile plans in the United Kingdom will now be able to make use of the same connectivity and their existing allowances (calls, texts and data [Mobile Broadband]) while roaming across 63 destinations worldwide (70 if you include 3G or 2G).

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30th July, 2015 - 12:17 pm
ofcom uk telecoms regulator

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The UK telecoms regulator has proposed that in the future it could impose higher penalties against telecoms and broadband providers that break its rules, which it claims would deliver a “stronger deterrent effect” and thus “reduce regulatory contraventions“.

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30th July, 2015 - 9:25 am
united kingdom money map

Author: Mark Jackson | 19 Comments

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK project, which is predominantly working with BT to deploy superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services to 95% of the United Kingdom by 2017/18, has confirmed that the take-up rate of their roll-out has exceeded the forecast and as a result they’ve activated their clawback mechanism to reinvest up to £129m.

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30th July, 2015 - 8:23 am
virgin_media_uk_street_cabinet_engineer_at_work

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

Cable operator Virgin Media (Liberty Global), fresh from kicking off the deployment of their new £3bn “Project Lightning” network expansion in Manchester last month (here), has announced that 80,000 premises in Leeds (West Yorkshire, England) will be the next to benefit.

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30th July, 2015 - 7:53 am
bt building logo

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

BT has released the latest results for Q2-2015 (calendar) and confirmed that their retail business added +85K new broadband subscribers in the quarter (down sharply from +121K in Q1) to total 7,798,000, which includes 3,226,000 on BTInfinityfibre broadband” (up by +217K vs +266K in Q1). Incidentally FTTC/P is now available to 23 million premises (80% of the UK).

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29th July, 2015 - 4:58 pm
bt engineer cutting fibre optic cable

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

Last year the Court of Appeal ruled that BT’s Next Generation Access (NGA) Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / BTInfinity) superfast broadband technology had infringed upon parts of two patents owned by California-based ISP ASSIA, which related to the field of Dynamic Spectrum Management.

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29th July, 2015 - 1:39 pm
vodafone uk rural open surf signal deployment

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Vodafone has found a fix for some of the communities in their Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS100) project, which until recently had been unable to benefit from the Femtocell tech (i.e. uses fixed line services to boost local mobile signals) because the related areas suffered from a lack of good fixed line broadband.

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29th July, 2015 - 11:38 am
unicom

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

The UK telecoms regulator has today fined Unicom (Universal Utilities) £200,000 for misleading consumers over the sale of their fixed line telecommunications services (between the 1st March 2013 and 8th July 2014).

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29th July, 2015 - 10:26 am
ofcom uk telecoms regulator

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

The telecoms regulator has re-run its FTTC / VULA “margin squeeze” test, which was introduced earlier this year as a mechanism for keeping BT’s “fibre broadband” prices fair by ensuring they “maintain a sufficient margin between wholesale and retail … charges“, and found that the operator is not in breach.

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29th July, 2015 - 9:48 am
fibre optic broadband cables

Author: Mark Jackson | 6 Comments

The debate over whether or not broadband ISPs that don’t sell a pure “fibre optic” (FTTH/P) broadband connection should be allowed to use such terminology in their adverts is nothing new, but a new ruling by the Government of France shows that some countries are taking a stand.

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29th July, 2015 - 7:24 am
sky broadband uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Sky Broadband is holding its own against increasing pressure from BT and this is demonstrated by their Q2 2015 results reporting another +96,000 increase in Internet subscribers for the UK and Ireland (total 5.62 million), which is only a small dip from the +100k added in Q1 2015 and +106k in Q4-2014.

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